thanks again. when i was scrolling through the "austrianphilately" site (very interesting, indeed), i noticed the list of "brückenbataillone" and immediately remembered another tidbit from the "family lore": that my grandfather was involved with bridge-building on the italian front. of course, that doesn't mean that he was a member of those brückenbataillone per se (i suppose he could have just been a regular sapper working alongside the bridge engineers), but it's interesting nonetheless. assuming he was recruited in district 89 and served as an engineer (therefore sb10), i will try to see if there are any crosslinks between sb10 and the brückenbataillone. or, put another way, is there any way to trace which brückenbataillone a recruit from district 89 would have served in? complicating all of this, of course, is that we're talking about a low-ranking soldier serving in an army almost a hundred years ago in a country that no longer exists. in addition, he had already served 3 years before the war broke out, and then served all four years of the war. i can imagine he could have been transferred all over the place during that time, though, based on what i know, he was always stationed in the klagenfurt area, on the italian front.